rain check

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In social interactions, a polite way to turn down an invitation, with the implication one is simply postponing it and that another time would be acceptable.

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  • 1877 US in baseball; metaphorical usage from 1896, more generally from 1930. Since at least 1870, baseball teams would reissue tickets in case of postponement due to rain, which became known as rain checks.
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I can't go with you to the museum this Saturday, but can I take a rain check and go some other day?.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'rain check':

rain checkTo provide a service at a later date.
Rain CheckA ticket stub that allows an individual to attend an event on behalf of a canceled one; a paper piece that allows someone to buy a sold-out product at discounted or sale price later on
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